10 THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING CBD OIL
There are many CBD oils on the market, but not all are equally good. There are countless empty promises - so read this article to see what to look for before purchasing CBD oil.
More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of CBD oil. CBD is a cannabinoid that has no intoxicating effect and is, therefore, being used by more and more people for health problems.
The best-known and most studied compounds from the cannabis plant is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Although both CBD and THC are produced by the cannabis plant, and both have health benefits, the THC causes the typical head and body high.
Some of the versatile effects of CBD oil are pain relief, anti-inflammatory, relaxation, anxiety reduction, and improving the quality of sleep.
CBD can be taken in different ways: There are so many different variations of CBD products. Starting from CBD products that can be taken orally such as oils, gummies, drinks until CBD suppositories, vapes, smoking and bath bombs.
Buying CBD oil for the first time is not easy, because there are many things to watch out for. In the meantime, there are a large number of CBD products on the market that can differ greatly in many properties.
Thus, CBD oils differ not only in their CBD concentration, which obviously plays a large role in the effect but also, for example, in their production process, their purity and the origin of the hemp.
Many people want to use more natural medication like CBD and therefore look for natural alternatives, especially when the number of prescriptions increases due to age.
For many of them, CBD oil is the solution they are looking for. But not all CBD oils are equivalent. Choosing the right product is, therefore, very important.
1. WHERE WAS THE HEMP GROWN AND WHAT COULD IT CONTAIN?
Hemp is a bioaccumulator, meaning that it absorbs both the good substances and the bad ones from the air, water, and soil on which it is grown.
It is all the more important to know that your CBD oil comes from naturally grown hemp grown by experts.
Only then can you be sure that your CBD oil has not accumulated any toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides or heavy metals. Some manufacturers in Austria also make sure that the hemp plants are grown in low density so that each plant gets much more light.
You can only be sure that the CBD oil you have bought is free of pollutants when you buy from a manufacturer where every step of the production can be traced back to the field. As a rule, such products have a certificate.
Important Factors When Buying CBD Oil
- Trusted hemp farm
- Trusted CBD oil manufacturer
2.THE CBD CONCENTRATION OF THE PRODUCT
Look for the concentration in % or in mg/ml instead of just mg. If on the bottle its states e.g 1000mg and bottle is 30ml.
Keep in mind, if you see more mg it does not mean that it will be stronger concentrations.
In this case, the bottle which states 500 mg and it is 10ml will be stronger at 5%.
Depending on the symptoms, a product with a different CBD concentration should be chosen. Normally, products with CBD content between 2.5% and 30% are sold. Most CBD oils contain 5% CBD, with healthier natural products always being a CBD / CBDa blend.
CBDa is a "precursor" of CBD, which also has many beneficial effects. These CBD oils at 5% are sufficient for minor ailments such as sleep disorders, anxiety or pain.
For severe or chronic pain, you should buy at least a 10% CBD oil, and for complaints such as fibromyalgia, a CBD paste is recommended even higher concentration.
3. HOW MUCH THC DOES THE CBD OIL CONTAIN?
CBD oil may not contain more than 0.3% THC, at least not if it is offered as an over-the-counter dietary supplement. CBD products with higher THC content may only be given by prescription. The advantage of an extremely low THC content is obvious: the products have no intoxicating effect.
4. FULL SPECTRUM, ISOLATE OR BROAD SPECTRUM
Before you buy CBD oil buy, check whether the manufacturing company is using CBD isolate, broad-spectrum or Full spectrum. Isolate tend to be cheaper and to save on cost, some companies use it.
Full-spectrum CBD extract is derived from all hemp plant and contains all cannabinoids including THC less than 0.2%.
Broad-spectrum CBD extract is the same extract as full-spectrum, but an additional step has been done to distill out THC. Useful for countries where the law does not tolerate any THC.
Isolate CBD means that only CBD molecule have been distilled out of the full-spectrum extract.
Studies have shown that best out of all three extracts is full-spectrum CBD. This is because of the entourage effect - synergic interaction between all cannabinoids like in nature.
5. WHAT IS CBD EXTRACTION METHOD?
Getting CBD oil from hemp is a complicated process. The cheapest and simplest methods of extracting CBD oil from hemp generally involve the use of harsh solvents that can leave chemical residues in the CBD oil.
The best and most reliable extraction method uses carbon dioxide (CO2) under high pressure and low temperatures to extract as much CBD as possible without introducing impurities.
In addition, all other valuable ingredients of hemp are included in the CO2 extraction. These include terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids. As soon as the CO2 is no longer under strong pressure, it simply evaporates and leaves no traces in the CBD oil.
Advantages of CO2 extraction:
Free of butane, propane and ethanol
6. IS CBD OIL THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR YOU?
CBD is usually taken in the form of oil. However, some do not get along so well with the intense taste of a natural product. There are now numerous alternatives to CBD oil: CBD tablets, CBD spray, CBD paste (mostly high percentage), hemp flower tea (mostly lower concentration), CBD globules and even CBD water.
7. IS CBD SHOP REPUTABLE?
Does the shop have customer service?
Some companies want to remain anonymous on the internet. However, it is a good sign that the company is providing a customer service phone number, online chat or email that someone actually uses. Companies with inferior products are often relatively difficult to reach.
Try to contact Customer Service before ordering. If someone picks up the phone or contacts you later, you probably have found a reputable company. Also, membership of the company at Trusted Shops or similar is a very good sign as the company has been extensively tested here and must meet numerous requirements.
8. WHAT IS CLAIMED?
It is strictly forbidden to make false medical statements about the effectiveness of CBD products in the treatment of ailments or symptoms. Although research has shown that CBD oil can help people in a remarkable way, legitimate CBD companies will forego direct medical claims.
9. IS CHEAPER, ALWAYS BETTER?
When it comes to CBD oil, cheaper is certainly not always better, since the production of CBD oil is simply not cheap.
CO2 extraction requires complex equipment and a high level of expertise, in contrast to the more cost-effective chemical extraction processes that can leave residues of toxic solvents such as butane, propane and ethanol in CBD oil.
While CO2 extraction generally results in higher prices, it ensures quality, purity and efficacy - especially when used to extract CBD oil from hemp grown organically in Europe.
Reasons for higher-grade CBD oil can cost more:
High CBD concentration
Cultivated in Europe
Tested in laboratories
The company is serious
Made from high-quality full-spectrum extract so that other beneficial compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids are present.
10. WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE USED IN CBD OIL?
Know your product. Check ingredients of oil you would like to purchase.
As a carrier oil can be used different types of oils, and it will result in different tastes. Most common carrier oil are hemp seed oil, olive and MCT oil.
MCT or medium-chain tryglicerin, which is derived from coconut and has no flavour, therefore, CBD oil in MCT oil as a carrier has the best taste.